BARRE — A Granite City teen has admitted to helping people break into a Barre Town business on two different occasions.
Samuel M. Gallitano, 19, pleaded guilty in Washington County criminal court in Barre on Thursday to two felony counts of aiding in the commission of a felony, a misdemeanor count of giving false information to law enforcement, a misdemeanor count of false pretenses, a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief, a misdemeanor count of criminal threatening and a misdemeanor count of violating conditions of release. Gallitano was sentenced to six to 18 months, all suspended except for 50 days of home confinement and was placed on probation for four years. The state agreed to drop a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and a misdemeanor count of unlawful mischief, per the plea agreement.
For the aiding, false pretenses and false information convictions, Officer Damian Hook, of the Barre Town police, said in his affidavit a burglary was reported Nov. 20, 2017 at Mobile Mini Solutions, a portable storage company on Websterville Road. Hook said someone had broken into a building on the property and had stolen multiple items.
Hook said he went to the scene and spoke to an employee who told him the burglar had damaged a door to gain entry to the building. Hook said the burglar made off with the employee’s company cellphone, four cans of soda, a cigar lighter and a cigar cutter. He said the value of the items stolen and the damage done to the door totaled $1,514.
Hook said he later learned the employee’s company credit card had been used at Simply Subs in Barre City. He said he went to Simply Subs on Dec. 7, 2017 and spoke to employees there who told him Gallitano had been the one to use the stolen credit card. The employees told Hook Gallitano had claimed the card was his father’s. Hook said he was also told Gallitano made a point to tell a friend who was with him at the sub shop that he was going to take the receipt and bring it to his father because he was allowed to use the credit card for food.
The employees told Hook that Gallitano had also called Simply Subs previously on multiple occasions for deliveries and used the stolen credit card for payment.
Officer Hook wrote in the affidavit there was another burglary at Mobile Mini on Feb. 8, 2018. He said the burglar again made off with the employee’s work cellphone as well as his gloves, hat and jacket. Hook said this time the burglar made entry by pushing in an air conditioner and had also damaged a coffee maker. Hook said he again spoke with Gallitano on March 17, 2018. Gallitano at that time told Hook he had been the lookout for the two burglaries which he alleged were committed by two different men, according to the affidavit.
For the criminal threatening conviction, police said Gallitano threatened to break someone’s neck at Central Vermont Medical Center in September.
For the unlawful mischief conviction, police said in February 2018 he punched a hole in a closet door, broke an electronic door lock, kicked open a door and broke a drawer’s latch at a facility run by Washington County Mental Health.
For the violation of conditions of release, police said Gallitano violated his court ordered curfew by walking on Graniteville Road in Barre Town in August late at night.